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Detailed record for Harley 5315

Title Book of Hours, Use of Sarum, imperfect
Origin Netherlands, S.
Date 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 8 historiated initials in colours and gold of the Temptation (f. 82), crosses (f. 82v), the head of Christ (f. 83), and the wounds of Christ (ff. 83v-85v). 5 large initials in colours and gold combined with a full border with acanthus leaves and flowers (ff. 12, 88, 109, 128, 138). Initials in colours and gold. Initials in blue with red pen-flourishing or in gold with black pen-flourishing. Capitals marked in red. Line-fillers in red, blue, and gold.
Dimensions in mm 95 x 60 (55 x 35)
Official foliation ff. 155 (+ 3 unfoliated paper flyleaves at the beginning and at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Brown calf with blind fillets; edges speckled with red.
Provenance Probably made for use in England: the calendar includes, in red: Gregorij, Edwardi regis, Ambrosij, Georgij, Barnabe, Albini, Anne, Laurentij, Augustini, Remigij et Bavonis, Translatio Edwardi, Martini, Edmundi; and in brown: David, Cutberti, Richardi, Dunstani, Augustini, Translatio Edmundi, Translatio Richardi, Translatio Edwardi, Oswaldi; The litany includes Thoma (cancelled), Edmunde, Alane, Gervasi, Prothasi, Quintine, Lamberti, Valentine, Albine, Odulphi, Remigi, Vedaste, Bavo, Swithune, Vrine, Sexburga, Milburga, Sitha, Radegundis, Editha, Affra (ff. 101v-105).
Annotated throughout in English, 16th-century.
The Harley Collection, formed by Robert Harley (b. 1661, d. 1724), 1st earl of Oxford and Mortimer, politician, and Edward Harley (b. 1689, d. 1741), 2nd earl of Oxford and Mortimer, book collector and patron of the arts, inscribed as usual by their librarian, Humfrey Wanley ‘19 May, A.D. 1715’ (f. [i]).
Edward Harley bequeathed the library to his widow, Henrietta Cavendish, née Holles (b. 1694, d. 1755) during her lifetime and thereafter to their daughter, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (b. 1715, d. 1785), duchess of Portland; the manuscripts were sold by the Countess and the Duchess in 1753 to the nation for £10,000 (a fraction of their contemporary value) under the Act of Parliament that also established the British Museum; the Harley manuscripts form one of the foundation collections of the British Library.
Notes Including a calendar (missing January; ff. 1-11v), the Fifteen Oes of St Bridget (ff. 12-22v), the mixed Hours of the Virgin and Hours of the Cross (imperfect; ff. 23-71), Suffrages and various prayers (ff. 72-87v), the Penitential Psalms (ff. 88-99v), the Office of the Dead (ff. 109-127v), the Passion Psalms (ff. 128-135v), the Psalter of St Jerome (ff. 136-155v).


Missing folio(s) after f. 22 (beginning of Matins of the Virgin).
f. 71v is ruled and blank.
Select bibliography A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), III (1808), no. 5315.

The Diary of Humfrey Wanley 1715-1726, ed. by Cyril Ernest Wright and Ruth C. Wright, 2 vols (London: Bibliographical Society, 1966), I: 1715-1723, p. 12 n. 1.


Images
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Original Sin

f. 82
Original Sin
Head of Christ

f. 83
Head of Christ
Right hand of Christ

f. 83v
Right hand of Christ
 
Left hand of Christ

f. 84
Left hand of Christ
Christ's wound

f. 84v
Christ's wound
Right foot of Christ

f. 85
Right foot of Christ
 
Left foot of Christ

f. 85v
Left foot of Christ

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